Oak Park Elementary School District No. 97 in Illinois is in the middle of a legal battle with concerned parents regarding the use of wireless technology in the school. Ron Baiman, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, says the Oak Park school board ignored his and other parents’ questions about wireless’s potential dangers,
He said that he brought district administrators studies that point to health dangers from wireless transmission standards such as Apple’s AirPort. TechTV reports that Baiman argues that about 75 percent of nonindustry-sponsored studies show some biological effect that occurs because of wireless radiation exposure, including reduced absorption of calcium, headaches and the threat of senility.
However, school district officials said that Wi-Fi doesn’t pose any significant health risks. Steve Chowanski, the Oak Park district’s technology director, told TechTV that he and the district are listening to what government agencies such as the FCC and FDA have said about Wi-Fi. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has
a Web site
that answers some safety concerns about different types of radio frequency exposure.